CPH Facing Forensic Nursing Shortage

It’s been reported that Central Peninsula Hospital will not be offering rape exams from 8pm to 8am each evening, as a statewide shortage in forensic nurses reaches the Peninsula.


Matt Dammeyer, Chief Operating Officer of CPH said the hospital is “fortunate to have a wonderful group of nurses committed to providing forensic nursing services,” and they’re “experimenting with how to provide the maximum amount of forensic coverage without exhausting a very limited pool of forensic nurses.”


The hospital currently has just three nurses specially trained to offer exams for victims of alleged crimes like rape, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, and elder abuse.


Dammeyer said they’re “continuing to look at this service coverage in an attempt to arrive at a solution that is best for everyone.”

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